LEWES, DELAWARE -- LeBron James might be mortal as the flu bug could attest, but it's quite clear that a 50 or 75 percent James is better than almost any other high school player in the country on a given night.
Despite being hit by the flu bug Friday night, James put on a show in front of a capacity crowd at the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament, leading St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to a 67-60 victory over St. Benedict's High School of Newark in the power series semifinals.
James, a rugged 6-6 junior guard who is widely regarded as the nation's top high school player, finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists despite his ailment.
Trailing 42-41 midway through the third quarter, James and the Irish made their move on St. Benedict's, using an 8-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 50-43 lead with 6:14 left to play in the third quarter.
Romeo Travis kick started the run for the Irish with a jumper and James made a terrific finish around the basket to take the lead at the end of the third quarter. The Irish then scored the next five points to start the fourth quarter as Travis finished a three-point play and James hit a driving shot.
St. Benedict's stayed close but never regained the lead after losing it late in the third quarter. After St. Benedict's pulled to within 55-51, the Irish wrapped the game up with a 6-0 run. A three-pointer from Tru Joyce and another three-point play from Travis pushed the lead to 61-51.
In addition to James' great contribution, the Irish also got 19 points from Travis and 10 from Joyce in the victory. St. Benedict's junior guard Art Bowers led his team with 21 points on nine of 16 shooting from the floor, while athletic 6-8 sophomore forward Stanley Branch netted 13 points and hauled down nine boards.
The Irish advanced to the powerseries final against Amityville High School. St. Benedict's will play Bishop Loughlin in a consolation matchup.